The under 16’s travelled to Carrig Celtic last Saturday afternoon for a vital top of the table clash. Feenagh hadn’t played in a number of weeks and this was evident in the early exchanges as the home side dominated. A corner for the home side created problems in the Feenagh defence with Shane Ryan pulling off a good save and from the ensuing play Dylan Hayes-Daly cleared off the line. Moments later a timely intervention from Richie Walsh denied a Carrig attacker. Buoyed by the efforts of the defence, the side began to come more into the game and became more of an offensive threat. The home keeper had to act quickly to deny Michael Geary after a deft through ball from Ryan O’Gorman. William Enright and Dylan Hayes-Daly had subsequent efforts on target before the half time interval.
Manager Barry Gilbourne went for a change of approach for the second half, switching from a 4-5-1 formation to a more attacking 4-4-2 line up. This change had the desired effect as Feenagh began to dominate. Maurice Fitzgibbon was causing problems for the home defence on the right flank with Hayes-Daly also to the fore as Feenagh began to dominate the midfield sector. Somewhat against the run of play Carrig hit the front from a corner. Shortly afterwards an excellent save from Shane Ryan kept Feenagh in the game. Parity was restored when a Ryan O’Gorman free kick was met by Michael Geary who looped the ball over the keeper to the delight of the many away supporters. Try as they might, Feenagh were unable to add to that tally. Shane Ryan got injured near the finish and was replaced between the posts by Gerard Moore who in turn pulled off a smart save just before the final whistle. The impressive O’Gorman also had to retire through injury to be replaced by Josh Moran. So it was honours even at the full time whistle. An entertaining game full of endeavour that maintained the attention of the good sized crowd in attendance to the finish. Carrig Celtic 1 Feenagh 1
Team line-up: Shane Ryan, Evan O’Flynn, Richie Walsh, Liam Óg Doody, Jerry O’Brien, Maurice Fitzgibbon, Ryan O’Gorman, William Enright, Dylan Hayes-Daly, Michael Geary, Luke Ryan. Subs: Gerard Moore, Josh Moran, William Murphy and Padraig Roche.
Referee: Colm Dalton
The A’s showed no signs of rustiness as they breezed into a 5-0 half time lead against Athea United B in their Reidy Joinery Cup quarter final clash at O’Brien Park on Sunday afternoon. A rare John Coleman goal was quickly added to by a Timmy Lynch strike and an own goal. Ronan Gilbourne dusted himself down after being fouled inside the penalty area to slot home the ensuing penalty to make it 4-0. Gilbourne was also involved in goal number 5, as his cross was emphatically finished home by Thomas O’Sullivan. Assistant Manager Donal Madigan replaced the injured Billy O’Sullivan before the break and a perfect first half for the hosts was rounded off when the underemployed Dan Gayer saved a penalty.
Feenagh eased off after the break and Athea pulled 3 goals back before Madigan was taken down by the Athea keeper to give Gilbourne the chance from the spot to make it 6-3, which he duly did. That was the end of the scoring but not the drama as Athea were also awarded a second penalty and again Gayer pulled off a great save getting a strong hand to the ball to push it around the post. Feenagh 6 Athea United B 3
Team line-up: Dan Gayer, Tony Roche, Timmy Lynch, John Coleman, Paul Lynch, Thomas O’Sullivan, Ronan Gilbourne, Liam Lynch, Damien O’Riordan, John O’Gorman, Billy O’Sullivan. Sub used: Donal Madigan
Referee: Sean Hartnett
Feenagh soccer lotto
The numbers drawn in McGuinness’s on Thursday the 16th of January were 4, 14, 17 and 29. The jackpot of €2,300 was not won. €20 each to Logan O’Connell, Newtown, seller Village Inn, James Ryan, Kilmurry, seller Barry Gilbourne, Hannah Lynch , Kilmeedy , seller Timmy Lynch , Nikita Kett , Kilmeedy, seller Ronan Gilbourne and Bobby Enright ,Gortnagluggin, seller John Canty. The next draw takes place in The Glen Bar on Thursday the 23rd of January for a jackpot of €2,400. Tickets on sale in local pubs, shop and promoters. Thanks for your continued support.
The club will be holding a table quiz on Friday January 31st in The Village Inn, Feenagh, commencing at 9.30 pm. Your support on the night would be much appreciated.